Holmes Street Tiger Bay fashions first major upset

Holmes Street Tiger Bay fashioned the first major upset of the Ministry of Health/Petra Organization Soft Shoe Championship, crushing champions Sparta Boss 4-2 on Friday at the Parade Ground.

The partisan crowd was treated to an exhibition in clinical finishing.

Jamal Blackman commenced the rout in the second minute with a finish to the left hand corner while Akeem Saul made it 2-0 in the 12th minute.

Akeem Saul (right) of Holmes Street Tiger Bay in the process of completing a pass to team mate Jamal Blackman (left) while Dennis Edwards (centre) of Sparta Boss pursues during their matchup in the Ministry of Health/Petra Organization Soft Shoe Championship at the Parade ground
Akeem Saul (right) of Holmes Street Tiger Bay in the process of completing a pass to team mate Jamal Blackman (left) while Dennis Edwards (centre) of Sparta Boss pursues during their matchup in the Ministry of Health/Petra Organization Soft Shoe Championship at the Parade ground

Racing down the centre of the field to be in a one-on-one situation, Saul duly finished past the onrushing goalkeeper into the lower right hand corner.

The holders pulled one back in the 13th minute when Eusi Phillips blasted a powerful free-kick from the right side into the top left hand corner.

With the score remaining unchanged entering the second period, Saul made his presence felt once more, lashing a powerful effort from the left side through the legs of the defender and past the goalkeeper, despite the latter getting a hand to it.

The goals continued to be created for Holmes Street, with Blackman following in the footsteps of Saul to seal his double compliments of a well-placed shot into the lower right corner after collecting a right side pass.

With the result already decided, Sheldon Shepherd recorded a consolation goal in the dying seconds of the 30 minute affair through a penalty conversion into the roof of the left corner.

In other results, Channel-9 Warriors defeated Campbellville 4-1. Joshua Fiffee scored a double in the 15th and 17th minutes while Ken Wilson scored in the 20th and 30th minutes.

On target in the loss was Adolph George in the second minute. Similarly, Kitty overcame a second half hat-trick from Leon Roberts to defeat Globe Yard 5-3.

Terrence Lewis netted a brace in the fifth and 27th minute while Alpha Sylvester scored a double in the sixth and 30th minute. Assisting with a 17th strike was Nigel Denny.

For the losing team, Roberts scored in the 18th, 21st and 23rd minutes. Also Queens Street Tiger Bay downed the Ministry of Health by a 2-0 margin. Darren Harris and Andre Kerr scored in the second and 22nd minutes respectively.

Meanwhile, Leopold Street and North Ruimveldt played to a 1-1 score line. Rondel Williams gave Leopold the lead in the 12th minute while Anthony Sancho equalised in the 25th minute.

Also, Laing Avenue and West Back Road battled to a 1-1 draw. Odel Young scored for West Back Road in the seventh minute while Roy Cassou equalised in the 22nd minute.

Action in the event is set to continue today at the Santos Training Area on the Square of the Revolution. In the opening fixture at 19:00hrs, Sophia will tackle California Square while West Front Road will oppose Broad Street from 19:45hrs.

In the third fixture at 20:30hrs, Tucville will lock horns with Albouystown while Festival City tackles Alexander Village at 21:15hrs.

In the fifth fixture, North East La Penitence will oppose Tucville from 21:45hrs while the final fixture will pit Bent Street against Cross Street from 22:30hrs.

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